Hey kids, have you ever heard of the Butthole Surfers?
The Butthole Surfers formed in 1981 but only had one hit in 1996, which lumped them into the 90s band category. Just like so many other 90s bands, they started in the 80s. Most of the good ones did.
They have a sound very unique to themselves, and they have a pretty solid fanbase. Over the years they’ve had many personnel changes, but the two founding members, singer Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary, and member since 1983 King Coffey (drums), have stayed the same throughout. They haven’t played a gig since 2016 and may never tour again. Guitarist Leary said, “I just don’t want to play live anymore. It’s not fun, I don’t like touring. That hour on stage is a whole lot of fun, but the other 23 hours off stage just fucking suck.”
Fans may be in luck, however, as earlier this year he also said there may be a new album coming, which would be their first since 2001. “We’ve all been busy with our own separate things, and I’ve done a lot of producing in the past few years, and I’ve got to the point now where I feel like I’ve done doing that for a while, so it’s time to make a new Butthole Surfers album. Especially now that Trump is president, jeez! If there was ever a time for a Butthole Surfers album it’s fucking now. It just doesn’t get any weirder than that.”
For those of you still scratching your heads, here’s their only radio hit in almost 40 years of being a band. It is quite possibly the most famous obscure song ever.
If you would like to keep up to date on them, they still have an active website.